In his 15 years as the
So it took about a second for him to reject the slump-busting trick of picking the batting order out of a hat.
"I don't think so," Scioscia said.
No major changes to the lineup, but one big change in the visiting dugout. The woeful
The sixth inning, to be exact.
The Angels had not scored more runs in an entire game since the All-Star break, a span of 23 games. In their weekend series against the
On Tuesday, for the first five innings, the Angels were shut out by ex-teammate
Kole Calhoun had two hits in the inning, a home run to start the inning and a single to drive home the final run.
At the All-Star break, the Angels led the league in runs, at 5.1 per game. Since then? Last in the AL, at 3.2 per game.
At the All-Star break, the Angels had a .269 batting average and .761 OPS, both second in the AL. Since then? Last in the league, in both categories, with a .223 batting average and .624 OPS.
The Angels made one modest change Tuesday, calling up outfielder
But Scioscia maintained a team-wide offensive slump meant there would be little point to shake up the lineup.
"We've gotten creative at times," he said, "but you make moves that make sense. You hope, if you make moves, it can stick for a long time."
Scioscia acknowledged the Angels hoped to get "a little bit of a spark" from Boesch but said the lineup that led the league in runs for half the season was plenty good enough to burst out of a three-week funk.
"I don't think, in the long run, lineup changes make any sense," he said. "In the short term, to jump-start some things? You always consider it."
How about moving
They did again, on Tuesday, for the first five innings. That sixth inning was a tonic, at least for one night.